How Do You Treat Migraines?
To All of you that are Migraneurs, you have my compassion. As most of you that suffer episodic headaches that are incredibly debilitating, you know how important it is to have a solid treatment plan in place. I did have such a plan until this past March.
On March 9th, I hurriedly stuck my head under my goose neck faucet in my bathroom to wet my short hair so I could do a quick blow dry to run my son to school. In my hurry, I raised up my head on the 'beak' of my faucet and almost brought myself to my knees. No blood came rushing, but a goose egg started forming very quickly on the crown of my head. A headache followed.
The next morning, would you believe, the very same thing happened, but this time when I raised up and hit my head, I almost passed out, first seeing white stars and an aura, then seeing black star spots...but never passed out. I became immediately nauseous and began a day long vomiting session along with a violent headache. I did end up in the ER, with nothing helping my pain, but they did eventually help get the vomiting to stop.
Four months later, I still have this goose egg on my head that is hyper-tender beyond imagination and I stay in a chronic migraine headache state. All smells, taste, hearing, and seeing light is amplified. I also have these new spots on my scalp that are the nerves from the goose egg area that have migrated to other areas of my head; so this is spreading. No joke...and it's just as tender, as though it was struck in those areas, too. I do try to go into a full flown migraine about 1~2 times a week that I can head off with Imitrex shots or pills. But life is really tender. Sounds are amplified. Wind in my hair makes me sick. Combing my hair or the shower on my scalp makes me want to vomit. Going on the boat with the wind blowing is a 'no go'. I just can't do it.
Bottom-line: I've had a CAT scan and nothing is 'there'. I've seen a neurologist and am starting a new prophylactic treatment (topomax) as well as he wants me to have an occipital nerve block. I am in such a chronic headache state and cannot find any relief. Honestly, I don't know what to do. If I take anything like a Goody powder or Excedrin, it stimulates the nerves in my 'goose egg' area and causes rebound headaches. So, I'm in total withdrawal for over the counter medication pain meds now.
Have any of you had a brain nerve block before? Or any other type of treatment for migraines that you could share? I've had an epidural before and know it's temporary. I'm just nervous about this procedure and know no one that's had it.